A large number of our sites make ideal filming backdrops.
- Cath na Bóinne
- Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir
- An Casino, Marino
- Teach agus Fearann Páirce Bhaile an Chaisleáin
- Tigh Mór Dhoire Fhíonáin
- Eastát Dhún ar Aill
- Caisleán Bhaile Átha Cliath
- Cúirt Ioma
- Teach agus Eastát Farmleigh
- Oileán an Chuilinn
- Teach agus Gailearaí Gléibe
- Gairdíní Heywood
- Gairdíní Uíbh Eachach
- Crannlann agus Páirc Chuimhneacháin JFK
- Caisleán Chill Chainnigh
- Garraithe Náisiúnta na Lus Cill Mhochura
- Garraithe Náisiúnta na Lus
- Iarsmalann an Phiarsaigh - Páirc Naomh Éanna
- Páirc an Fhionnuisce
- Caisleán Ráth Fearnáin
- Crannlann agus Gairdíní Fhóite
- Caisleán Parke
- Caisleán na Cathrach
- Caisleán Bhaile Átha Troim
- Caisleán Dheasumhan – An Caisleán Nua Thiar
- Caisleán agus Gairdíní Phort Omna
- Mainistir Tintern
- Achaidh Chéide
- Reilig Mheigiliteach na Ceathrú Móire
- An tSeanmhainistir Mhór
- Príosún Chill Mhaighneann
If the site you wish to enquire about is not on the list, you are welcome to contact us.
Filming and/or photography at a National Monument or historic site can only take place with prior written permission issued through your OPW liaison contact.
The length of time required to plan a piece of filming and issue permissions will vary based on the details and complexity of your proposal. For example, we may be able to accommodate a very small crew with only handheld equipment in under 10 working days. If your proposal involves equipment or arrangements that could potentially impact the built or ground structure of the site, specific consents will be necessary. Where this additional consent is sought, a minimum of three months is advised for the paperwork, but productions should get in touch as early as possible to ease the process.
Requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis taking in to account factors such as likely visitor numbers, existing scheduled events, planned maintenance work and site-specific sensitivities such as access, masonry, or wildlife habitats.
Fees & Remediation Deposits
Fees will apply to all filming except Promotional Filming or Student Filming. For details on how we define Promotional Filming, see Section 4. If additional staffing is required to facilitate Promotional Filming, we will charge for these costs. For all other types of filming, prices start from € xxx for 2 hours on site. All fees are subject to negotiation based on the details of your request.
Additional charges may be applicable depending on your requirements. For example, the cost to OPW Heritage Services of providing additional staffing to supervise your filming or loss of admissions income if the site needs to close to visitors. Other elements that carry additional charges include:
- Road closures
- Special parking provision for vehicles or base units
- Out of normal working hours access
- Late notice applications (less than 5 working days)
- Cancellation of confirmed filming
Remediation Deposit: Should we judge that your filming poses a risk of damage to an OPW heritage site, a refundable remediation deposit will be required prior to commencement of filming. The level of deposit and responsibility for before and after conditions surveys will be negotiated prior to permissions being issued, based on severity of potential damage. This may be as simple as taking photographs of the ground conditions before and after or may be more complex according to the details of your filming. If no damage occurs the full deposit will be refunded to you by an agreed date at the end of the filming. If any remedial works are required at OPW expense, these will be deducted and the balance refunded.
Cancellation Fee: Once filming arrangements have been confirmed and your Permission Letter issued, cancellation will incur a charge of half the agreed fee. Cancellation with less than 48 hours’ notice will be charged the full agreed fee.
Regrettably, there are certain themes of filming/photography which cannot be accommodated.
Political filming – OPWs remit is the Caring Maintenance preservations and presentation for our sites on behalf of the Irish Government. As such we must remain strictly politically neutral at all times. For this reason we do not allow any filming of a political nature whatsoever.
Paranormal filming – The OPW does not promote the use of its sites for the investigation of alleged paranormal activity and we do not allow activities that might damage the integrity of the site. Filming requests of this nature are unlikely to be granted permission.
Inappropriate filming – The OPW will not permit requests for filming that are deemed unsuitable insofar as they do not align with the organisation’s objectives or are considered to be blasphemous, salacious or derogatory in nature.
If you are interested in filming at an OPW heritage site, please complete the online permit application process and select the site you wish to film/ photo.
OPW Heritage Services defines filming as Promotional, where our organisation and our sites are being directly promoted as places to visit, as opposed to media exposure only.
Filming commissioned by Irish tourism partners may be considered as Promotional, depending on content.
Filming for factual, non-dramatised productions with a primary focus on the history of a site(s) may be classed as Promotional Filming, but this is at our discretion and can be further discussed with your filming liaison contact at OPW.
Promotional Filming will typically only be considered under the following parameters, to reduce impact on site(s):
- A maximum of 5 people (cast and crew) on-site for the filming
- A maximum of 2 hours on-site
- Equipment to be kept to a minimum
The use of UAEs/ drones is prohibited at all OPW heritage sites. However, requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis and are subject to the following:
- The flying is carried out by a IAA (Irish Aviation Authority) accredited operator, whose credentials must be proven to OPW Heritage Services by providing your IAA certificate
- A comprehensive Risk Assessment and method statement including flight paths and area control, submitted by the UAV operator, which must be approved by our team and our own IAA accredited drone operators
- The operator must abide by all IAA guidelines for UAV usage
- If a site has visitor opening hours, UAV filming must take place outside these to ensure flyover areas are unoccupied by the public. For sites without set opening hours more in-depth planning will be required to minimise risk to the public. Please read our full guide to using UAVs at our sites, available on our website.
Further information may be obtained from the Irish Aviation Authority website
For clarity, please note that all other filming guidelines in this document also apply to UAV filming.
The Application Process
Filming requests are processed through discussion and negotiation, but the key steps are as follows:
- Pre-application advice and receipt of blank filming application form.
- Submission of completed form, Risk Assessment, Public Liability Insurance and other documentation if required.
- Site meeting held if appropriate.
- Discussions of plans and revision of proposal and Risk Assessment if necessary.
- Fees agreed if applicable.
- Legally binding contract signed, Permission Letter issued
- Payment requested if applicable.
Please provide as much detail as possible when completing the initial form: proposed dates and times, potential locations, content and nature of the script, detailed description of any equipment to be brought on site, set dressing, number of vehicles, cast, crew and extras.
Any questions, concerns or issues are discussed at this stage to determine whether your request can be accommodated at our site(s). At this point we will be able to confirm whether or not we can take your request forward. All being well an informal agreement will then be reached.
When all agreements are in place, we will issue our Terms & Conditions document. This must be signed and returned in full before filming can take place. No changes to our contract, of any nature, will be accepted and the document must be signed as presented in order to proceed.
Following this, your Permission Letter will be issued and filming can commence as agreed.
Invoices will be issued to you as agreed. For larger or complex productions this may mean a payment prior to commencement of filming and/or a refundable remediation deposit.
Student Filming Requests for Educational Projects
OPW Heritage Services recognises the educational benefit of accommodating filming projects for students of media and other subjects. We will consider student requests, applying many of the same processes as for other clients, but with some modifications. Your project will need to meet the following requirements:
- A thorough Risk Assessment
- Public Liability Insurance to the value of €5 million
- A letter from your lecturer, course organiser or equivalent, confirming that the project forms a required part of an accredited course of study
- A maximum of 5 people (cast and crew) on-site for the filming
- A maximum of 2 hours on-site
- Equipment and set to be kept to a minimum, and not requiring Scheduled Monument Consent
- Students aged 16 or under must be accompanied by a teacher or group leader
- Student filming is not permitted at Kilmainham Gaol, Bru na Boinne, Dublin Castle, Kilkenny Castle, Rock of Cashel… during April–September or during December due to operational challenges
A nominal administrative fee of € 50 will be charged for facilitating your project. If additional staffing is required either to provide access to the site outside normal opening hours or to specifically supervise the filming, we will need to charge the cost of this back to your project. Fees can be invoiced to either the individual student or educational institution provided written consent to the fees has been provided by your course organiser.
As with all filming requests, submitting your request as far in advance as possible is strongly advised for the best chance of obtaining permission.
Permission granted and acknowledgements/ copyright
All images used of OPW heritage sites must be acknowledge as follows:
Images courtesy of the OPW.
OPW must be credited in the production titles for their assistance in the making of the programme/film/series and the OPW mark included where possible.
All information requested is for the sole purpose of processing your application. We do not collect personal information for commercial marketing or distribution to private organisations. It may be necessary from time to time to pass your contact information on to trusted third parties in order to assist with the processing of your application, such as our statutory agency partners, e.g. An Garda Siochána, as long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential.
Access to any non-public personal information that you provide will be restricted to only those employees who need to know that information to process your application.
It is our policy to retain collected information for a five year period after which your information will be disposed of securely.
Contact our Data Protection Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org